Post Match Report & Thoughts- Everton v West Ham 2017

A game between two teams in the bottom four- a fixture between a caretaker Everton manager (David Unsworth) and a former Everton manager (David Moyes) with the future Everton manager (Sam Allardyce, also previously a West Ham manager!) sitting in the stands.

Unfortunately for David Moyes, his troubles continue, with Everton handing his side a 4-0 thrashing at Goodison Park. Going into this game, the Toffees were the ones with the worst defensive record in the Premier League- at the end of the 90, that baton had been passed to West Ham, with Wayne Rooney scoring his first hat trick in EFC colours.

The game also ensured Moyes’ poor record against Everton after leaving Goodison Park continued- he now has gone five games without a win, and more shockingly, his teams have not managed to score a SINGLE goal against the Toffees

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Everton were down to bare bones in defence, with no real cover on the bench, and this should’ve been a good opportunity for West Ham to attack a back four short on confidence.

Moyes wanted to field the same XI that picked up a draw against Leicester but with Andy Carroll injured again, had to make one change.

For Everton, Tom Davies returned from suspension to take his spot alongside Gueye in midfield, with young Calvert-Lewin operating along upfront, with the trio of Lennon, Rooney and Sigurdsson behind him.

Like Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney loves playing against the Hammers, and he got an early opportunity to continue his envious goal scoring record. Joe Hart felled Calvert-Lewin and while the stopper managed to get a hand to Rooney’s penalty, he was powerless to stop him from heading the rebound in.

Ten minutes later, West Ham were torn to shreds on the counter after some good play from Everton, with Davies, Kenny and Lennon involved in setting Rooney up for the second.

David Unsworth had scored the first goal of Moyes’ Everton reign back in 2002, but the caretaker manager could not contain his glee on the sidelines as Toffees produced a fantastic performance against his former boss.

Marko Arnautovic seemed like the only West Ham player looking for work, and a telling half time stat was West Ham registering ZERO shots on target.

After the interval, Lanzini had an opportunity to pull one back from the penalty spot, but Jordan Pickford, a shining light in what’s otherwise been a dismal campaign for Everton, saved the Argentine’s effort. At the other end, Rooney spotting West Ham’s defence off line, produced a spectacular effort from inside his own half to complete his hat trick. It was Rooney’s first PL hat trick since 2011 and it is also currently the longest gap between two Premier League hat tricks by the same player.

The out of form Ashley Williams was also given an opportunity to get on the scoresheet as he made it 4-0 in the 78th minute.

This could get horribly bad for Moyes, with the troika of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal their next opponents.

Everton 4-0 West Ham (Rooney 18, 28, 66, Williams 78′)

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